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East County woman named Oregon National Guard Spouse of the Year

Mindy Rocha-Barella, a funeral director at Bateman Carroll and the Battalion Family Readiness coordinator for the 2-218th FA of the Oregon National Guard, has been voted Military Spouse of the Year for the Oregon National Guard.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Mindy Rocha-Barella with her husband, Staff Sgt. Thomas Barella.

“I was very humbled to hear the news,” Rocha-Barella said. “I’m very proud of my husband and his career. I consider it to be an honor to be part of a military family.”

A Sandy resident, Rocha-Barella received 18 nominations for the honor and will proceed to the next level of branch voting. She and her husband, Staff Sgt. Thomas Barella, have been married two years.

Voting on the branch level will open Tuesday, Feb. 5, for 24 hours. The six branch winners will advance to a third and final round of voting in which the Military Spouse of the Year will be selected based on the highest combined score from the national vote and a panel of judges.

To see Rocha-Barella’s profile and vote for her Feb. 5, visit msoy.militaryspouse.com/profile/Mindy/Rocha-Barella/2.



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